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A Just Clause: 06/06/18

A Just Clause

A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett is the eleventh of the Booktown mystery series. Tricia is expecting for things to get back to normal after the cruise. Her store is open. She's got a book signing with an author she met on the cruise. And then one of the guests to the signing ends up dead and the author is missing!

To complicate things further, Tricia and Angelica's father shows up in town claiming that he's been thrown out by their mother. Dear old dad, John, as he's described and as he behaves like Anthony DiNozzo Sr. He talks the talk and walks the walk but he's an out of work, out of money, womanizer, who swears up and down that he loves his kids.

The gist of this book comes down to a tug of war of the clues. They either point to the father or to the would be cruise boyfriend. Since I'm familiar with this type of story as it was used in nearly every single episode of NCIS where DiNozzo the elder is featured, I knew who the murderer was.

Even though the mystery plot was obvious I still enjoyed it. It was nice to be back in Stoneham. I am looking forward to book twelve, Poisoned Pages which comes out in July.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Monday, July 02, 2018 at 21:44:51

MarthaE

I am drawn to books about books/libraries/bookstores etc. I really need to try this series. Glad it is an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing.



Comment #2: Monday, July 02, 2018 at 22:08:00

Pussreboots

I love the Booktown mystery series. A Just Clause is the eleventh book. If you haven't read any of the others yet, I recommend starting at the beginning with Murder is Binding.